1966 Palmer, Margaux
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1966 continues to be one of the greatest examples of Palmer I have ever tasted. It is almost atypical for the 1966 vintage, which produced so many austere, angular wines. Not only rich and full, it is also delicate and loaded with complexity and finesse. This wine gets my nod as one of the best of the vintage, rivaled only by Latour and Lafleur. The haunting bouquet is similar to the 1961's. It reveals a plummy, mulberry-like fruitiness, exotic spices, licorice, and a hint of truffles. Medium-bodied, with a velvety richness, it has a long, ripe, lush finish. (RP)
The 1966 Palmer is simply remarkable. Boasting superb pliancy for a wine of its age, the 1966 is incredibly deep and polished throughout. The flavors are broad, dark and inviting. (AG)
Even more obviously Margaux, possibly Palmer, than the 1970. Extremely sweet and gentle without anything in excess. Seriously seductive on the nose – even the final pour almost an hour after the first one. Quite exceptional length. This just curls itself around the palate like the most languorous cat. I remember enjoying this wine as long ago as the late 1970s. What an admirably long life it has had. (19/20 points)
94-96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Amber rim. Nose: tight, leaves, mint and truffles. The palate is initially acidic but then autumnal, well-balanced, a little sharp but very powerful and elegant. Leather, truffle finish. Very good length. Better than Chateau Margaux 1966 and I think this bottle was probably not the best either. Tasted June 2002."